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Homesick

Living and waiting. You can’t have one without the other. Usually the waiting is trivial and, at it’s worst, annoying: waiting in line at the store, waiting at long red lights, waiting on hold for customer service, waiting for the weather to change, and waiting for the weekend to come. Sometimes waiting causes much deeper frustrations and disappointments such as waiting for that special someone to come in and steal your heart, waiting on a prodigal child to come to his senses, or waiting on a loved one to recover from an illness.

There is a waiting room even harder than these. It’s being homesick…homesick for someone you love whose life has been taken away. Your faith reminds you that they are walking streets of gold, that they are in the physical presence of the One who has captured your heart, and you will join both of them there one day. But still you wait. Longing to touch them. Drenched in memories. Holding on to hope.

I’ll let Mercy Me’s song “Homesick” speak for me here.

You’re in a better place, I’ve heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I’ve rejoiced for you
But the reason why I’m broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don’t understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I’ll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I’m still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbyes
And in Christ, there is no end
So I’ll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow

I’ve never been more homesick than now

A strong faith in Christ is no insulation against hurts, grief, and loss. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Paul says, “We do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.” Paul never says that Christians shouldn’t grieve. Instead, he says that we can grieve with hope. It’s okay to be homesick. Just don’t let your longing slay your appetite for living.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.